Affirmations work via the conscious and subconscious minds. For example, you say a phrase that sounds weird and doesn’t feel right, but you keep telling yourself and eventually, bits of that positive phrase begin to stick on a subconscious level and will keep growing as long as you keep putting in the work. Finally, they replace the negative thought process altogether.
Positive affirmations help eliminate negative and limiting beliefs and transform your comfort zone from a limited one keeping you trapped in mediocrity, to a more expanded one where anything is possible. It helps to replace your “I can’ts” with “I cans” and your fears and doubts with confidence and certainty.
It’s harnessing the power of positive energy to get rid of any negative beliefs and cultivate a positive mindset, to then help promote positive change!
How to use affirmations. Affirmations are most effective when done consistently (daily, at a minimum) or when you are feeling a certain way (i.e., overwhelmed, depressed, stressed out, etc.). But the main point is to use an affirmation practice often and consistently. Journalling can be a great way to help you get your thoughts clear by working through your emotions on paper. Money journalling is so beneficial, not only now at the present moment but helping you to look back and see how far you’ve come.
How to structure an affirmation
Let’s dive into the structure of a positive affirmation so you can see exactly how it’s laid out (and get a better idea of why it’s so powerful).
- Keep it personal, as in start with an “I am”, and don’t focus on anyone else. You are the only person here.
- Present tense, remember we phrase these statements as if they are true right now.
- It should be framed as a positive statement, not a negative one. So don’t say, “I will stop spending money on junk food”, focus on “I am focusing my spending on healthy food that I prepare at home.” Essentially, affirm what you do want, not what you don’t want.
- Make it specific enough that you can visualise it.
- Keep it short, something that you can easily lock into your memory.
- Use feeling words, i.e., lovingly, gratefully, happily, excited, easily, confidently, joyfully, hopeful, etc.
- Say them (or write them) with feeling and confidence!
If you’re having trouble thinking of what your affirmations should focus on, then think of the negative things you tell yourself. These are limiting beliefs, aka thoughts, that are holding you back. Write them down, and then write the opposite of it. Then layer in those feeling words, and make it present tense. Done!
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